The restriction on what she could say on Facebook was imposed after her ex-husband’s family and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office argued that the mother’s maniacal postings were frightening.
A judge’s order prohibiting a mother from ranting about her children and ex-husband on Facebook is not unconstitutional, a state appeals court said this week.
A Superior Court judge in 2011 ordered the Hunterdon County mother at the center of the case to not blog about or mention her children or ex-husband on her Facebook page as a condition of her probation stemming from her attempt that year to kidnap her two children into Canada.
But the mother, who had copped a plea deal dismissing the first-degree kidnapping charge and who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, continued to write bizarre and disturbing Facebook posts in 2012 that used the word “Camelot” to refer to her family. The judge found that the posting violated her probation and she appealed.
The restriction on what she could say on Facebook was imposed after her ex-husband’s family and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office argued that the mother’s maniacal postings were frightening, saying that they referenced Book of Revelation in the Bible, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, Satan and Adolf Hitler.
A state psychiatrist determined that she was not a danger to herself and others, but the judge agreed with the prosecutor that she should be prevented from blogging about her family for her children’s sake.
“You can talk about what you want to talk about, but don’t reference (your husband) or the children. That’s off limits,” the judge told her.
In 2012, the mother went back on Facebook, this time using the using a code word to refer to her family.